Firstly, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who's taken part in this project, giving up your time and telling me your stories. I've loved chatting and catching up, and speaking to people I haven't spoken to in quite a while, sometimes years. It was a chance to record a unique time in people's lives, and … Continue reading Tales from lockdown – author’s note
I recognise the sofa on the screen, and realise Bev is back in her house in Cheltenham. She'd spent the previous six months with her husband Rich travelling through Europe in their motorhome, and I ask her how she feels to be back. 'It's nice being in the house but I'd rather be in France. … Continue reading French sunshine
Ben, or Coops, as he's more widely known, runs a hospitality and events consultancy, and work just disappeared when COVID19 hit. He says: 'There's no restaurants open, no hotels that want consultancy and no events going on in the British summer. My cash cow from May until the end of September, gone. I thought shit, … Continue reading Chef with a heart
'I thought it was going to be like Little House on the Prairie. You know, rolling around in hills all day frolicking and baking. Actually it was nothing like that at all.' Vic is sat outside, making the most of a warm June evening in the UK. 'I think I was a little bit unrealistic … Continue reading Little House on The Lincolnshire Wolds
'It's gone faster than I thought it would. I was teaching on the Monday, someone came in and told me we'd be finishing as we were about to start 'locking down', and all of a sudden it was organised chaos.' Linda's smiley face is on the screen, glass of wine in hand. She's one of … Continue reading Teacher times
It's early morning in the UK, but Hannah's already been to a workout class and is eating her breakfast when we chat, her long hair wet from a shower. 'Busy is probably the word to use for my lockdown,' she says, inbetween mouthfuls of porridge. 'I'd go to work and I'd be doing my normal … Continue reading Intensive care angel
'When we first went into Level 4 [total lockdown], it was a little bit like slipping into a parallel universe. All of a sudden, I was still carrying on the same, but everything around me was very different. No traffic or people, petrol was really cheap and you could park anywhere in the city for … Continue reading 111 what’s your emergency?
'At first it felt like a bit of a holiday. You have to work out where you're going to lock yourself down, so that's the first dilemma isn't it?' Julie had several options, and elderly family to consider, but in the end chose to lockdown with her partner at his house. They've never lived together … Continue reading Cohabiting with a big pink saxophone